STAMFORD, Conn. (Dec. 22) — Of the 24 players named to the recently announced 1999 GTE Academic All-America Football Team, 10 players are from Division I-A teams participating in post-season bowl games, including Georgia Tech punter Dan Dyke.
The GTE Academic All-America Teams are selected by a vote of the 1,800-members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). To be eligible, an athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve and maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.20 on a scale of 4.00. Sports information directors nominate eligible athletes from their schools who are named to district teams prior to being voted upon the national level. CoSIDA has been selecting Academic All-America Teams since 1952.
Following is a list of the players, including their position, school, bowl game, class, GPA and major:
Name/Pos. School Bowl Game Yr. GPA/MajorMark Baniewicz, OL Syracuse Music City Grad. 3.83/FinanceMike Brown, DB Nebraska Fiesta Sr. 3.24/Business AdministrationDan Dyke, P Ga. Tech Gator So. 4.00/Aerospace EngineeringTravis Forney, PK Penn St. Alamo Sr. 3.79/Elementary & Kindergarten EducationChad Pennington, QB Marshall Motor City Sr. 3.80/Broadcast JournalismRob Renes, DL Michigan Orange Grad. 3.55/Secondary Ed./German & Social StudiesKyle Vanden Bosch, DL Nebraska Fiesta Jr. 3.78/Business AdministrationTroy Walters, WR Stanford Rose Sr. 3.21/CommunicationsJosh Whitman, TE Illinois Micronpc.com Jr. 3.97/Business AdministrationKyle Young, OL Clemson Peach Sr. 3.96/Secondary Education